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New 'adjuvant' could hold future of vaccine development

Scientists at Oregon State University have developed a new "adjuvant" that could allow the creation of important new vaccines, possibly become a universal vaccine carrier and help medical experts tackle many diseases more effectively.

Adjuvants are substances that are not immunogenic themselv... Read More

Tuberculosis patients can reduce transmissability by inhaling interferon through a nebulizer

A new study published in the September 15, 2009, issue of PLoS ONE found that patients with cavitary pulmonary tuberculosis receiving anti-TB medications supplemented with nebulized interferon-gamma have fewer bacilli in the lungs and less inflammation, thereby reducing the transmissibility of t... Read More

You Better Wash Your Hands

A parody of The Beatles' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," as performed by UC Davis food toxicologist Carl Winter.

The animations were produced at New Mexico State University as part of USDA CSREES National Integrated Food Safety Initiative Project Number CD-D-FST-7057-CG.

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Elmo calls for frequent handwashing

The federal government is reintroducing a powerful weapon in the fight against the H1N1 flu virus: Elmo.


The popular Sesame Street character will be featured in a series of public service advertisements meant to encourage better hygiene among young children, the Department of Health a... Read More

Henry the Hand

www.henrythehand.com is an online handwashing resource for teachers by Will Sawyer, MD. The mission of the educational campaign is to propagate the 4 Principles of Hand Awareness throughout the United States and the world.


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Put Your Hands Together

Scientists estimate that people are not washing their hands often or well enough and may transmit up to 80% of all infections by their hands. From doorknobs to animals to food, harmful germs can live on almost everything. Handwashing may be your single most important act to help stop the spre... Read More

USDA Uses Twitter to Inform Consumers of Recalls

I have been using twitter (@Microblogology) as a way to keep in touch with some of my online friends for awhile now. Eventually my occasional tweets involving microbiology caused me to be "discovered" by Chris Condayan (@MicrobeWorld) and I was quickly followed by some other people in the scien... Read More

Authorities in Papua New Guinea fight to contain simultaneous outbreaks of cholera, influenza and dysentery

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University of Utah tests H2O disinfection on International Space Station

Space is not a fun place to get a stomach bug. To ensure drinking water is adequately disinfected, University of Utah chemists developed a two-minute water quality monitoring method that just started six months of tests aboard the International Space Station.

"Now they bring water back on the... Read More

Is a $10 Wal-Mart gift card worth a syphilis test?

"For more than 60 years, syphilis was largely on the decline. But in recent years, the venereal disease has been on the rise again — particularly in the post-recession South.

In Forsyth County, N.C., where the number of cases so far in 2009 — 140 — is more than triple all those reported in 20... Read More

ICAAC 2009 - Rhinovirus: Beyond the Common Cold

Rhinovirus is typically viewed as the cause of the common cold, but that is not the only disease it can cause.  In this ICAAC 2009 press panel participants present the latest research on the effects of rhinovirus beyond a cold including its potential role in asthma, new and emerging rhin... Read More

ICAAC 2009 - Infections in the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are giving rise to new challenges to the infectious disease community. Soldiers fighting in those countries are acquiring infections that are not normally seen by doctors in the United States.  Participants discussed these foreign infections and the chall... Read More

ICAAC 2009 - The synergistic effect of a combination of three influenza drugs against H1N1

The latest research on H1N1 influenza taken from ICAAC's latebreaker slide abstracts, including the synergistic effect of a combination of three influenza drugs against drug-resistant virus, and a finding that patients are still infective over a week after initial symptoms appear, suggesting ... Read More

New drug Peramivir fights flu as well as Tamiflu does

Business Week reports "researchers delivered a double dose of good news Sunday in the fight against flu: successful tests of what could become the first new flu medicine in a decade, and the strongest evidence yet that such drugs save lives, not just shorten illness.

A single intravenous dose... Read More

ICAAC 2009 - New Issues in the Control of C. difficile

Clostridium difficile bacteria are a common cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea, especially in hospital settings.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year in the United States C. difficile is responsible for tens of thousands of cases of diarrhea and at... Read More

TWiV 49: Viral genomes



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier


Vincent and Dick continue V... Read More

Master gene creates natural-born killers

The New Scientist reports that the discovery of the master gene behind the front-line troops of the body's immune system could promise a host of new treatments for disease. Called E4BP4, the gene kick-starts production of natural killer (NK) cells in the bone marrow.

Mice genetically engineer... Read More

ICAAC 2009 - The Rise of Hepatitis E

The infectious disease landscape is constantly changing.  As we develop treatments for and work to eradicate existing diseases, invariably new ones arise to take their place and sometimes old ones resurge.   Public health researcher Kenrad Nelson, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg S... Read More

ICAAC 2009 - Tuberculosis: A Zoonosis?

Traditionally, tuberculosis has been viewed as a primarily human disease. Recent studies have found other sources of  Mycobacterium tuberculosis among animal populations including elephants, meerkats, dogs and baboons.  A related bacterium that can also cause disease in humans, M. b... Read More

Taking Swine Flu fashion to the streets

With school back in session but swine flu vaccine not yet available and various reports suggesting high fatalities from H1N1 while others say there is nothing to worry about, a New York Times reporter took to the streets wearing a $69 suit called the Pandemic Emergency Defense System manufacture... Read More

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